Life of Pi - Book Review

The purpose of Life of Pi is to make you believe in God. That all Gods are One. And it succeeded. I’m not a religious person and never once say a prayer in life properly. There are so many Gods in Budhism, that I find it hard to pick one and pray to. But now I believe there is one God, no matter how many religions there are. And I can pray anytime to that God in times of need.

The movie was less humorous than the book, I ensure you. That means you will have a great time enjoying Yann Martel’s light-hearted writing style.

I am a person who believes in form, in the harmony of order. Where we can, we must give things a meaningful shape ... It's important in life to conclude things properly. Only then can you let go. Otherwise you are left with words you should have said but never did, and your heart is heavy with remorse. - Book excerpt from page 285


LIFE OF PI – STORY LINE OF AN ADVENTURE

Piscine was the original name of Pi, which means “swimming pool” in French. It seems he was destined to be surrounded by water with that kind of name. Anyway, that name brought him so much teasing at school, that he had to find a way to give it a better meaning. And that was Pi, a mathematical number 3.14.

Pi was an Indian boy who had a passion for God. He practised all religions: Islam, Hindu, Christianity. He lost his family when Tsimstum shank to the bottom of the sea, unknowingly why the ship was wrecked. No survival was found but Pi. And the book told about Pi’s journey, stranded in the sea with a Bengal tiger – Richard Parker.

At the end of the story, you will have to choose for yourself if the story of Pi was a miracle of God, or of cannibalism.

I chose God. Simply, it was obvious that Pi’s survival was miracle made by God, not better story.

TOP 4 THINGS I LOVE ABOUT LIFE OF PI

  1. LIFE OF PI – A THIRST FOR UNDERSTANDING

He never stopped questioning. That was how he became a practisioner of so many religions. Though all teachings of the religions are different, they all convey a sole message of Love. And the questioning helps keep the mind sane and awake at all time. It raises your awareness of your present and life. And Pi never stops questioning about his being, his struggles and even lucks.

  1. LIFE OF PI – LIVING FOR THE MOMENT

He was passionate but calm. Throughout the book, I couldn’t help but feel a calmness spread all over the pages. Although Pi was in the middle of the ocean, with a lethal animal, but he remained calm and took one thing at a time to handle with. I believe it was the unconscious awareness about Death that kept him calm. If you know that eventually you’ll die as an obvious fact. Then why dread it any longer? Instead, you can start focus on Today, just this moment, what you will do with it. It’s important to take one moment at a time and have faith in what’s coming next.

  1. LIFE OF PI – BE PASSIONATE ABOUT LIVING

Pi had a passion for life. As you read the book, you will see that once Pi found a safe place to shelter himself, it wasn’t all he wanted. He fought to co-exist with a tiger on a single boat. He left the island as soon as he realised what had happened to the previous man there. In his situation, as compared to the vast ocean, staying on the island and hoping for a passing ship would be an equally good choice. And to go out into the ocean again equals to suicide. If it wasn’t for his passion for living, he wouldn’t had been saved. To think about it, if we don’t have a passion to live, much more than merely a will to live, we would feel dead inside at some point in life.

  1. LIFE OF PI – ATTACHMENT IS GOOD

Pi doesn’t fear attachment. He didn’t try to avoid being attached to his home, his family, the Bengal tiger. To think about this world we live in, we always try to rid ourselves of attachment. It makes us weak they say. Because attachment comes with expectations and we are afraid to be disappointed. Pi believed that everything should come in full shape, with an opening and ending. That way one wouldn’t be suffering from unfinished business with whatever and whoever. For that, I learned that whenever you can, finish what you started.

I hope I didn’t gave away too many spoilers and this post has encouraged you to read Life Of Pi.

One thing I dislike about the movie is the romantic relationship Pi had with a girl in his hometown. I think it was unnecessary detail to create attachment between Pi and his home, for Pi was already a sensitive boy about everything. What do you think about this detail though?

 

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